Juice Detox Day 5 – Juice Master Spring Clean

Well, I made it!  I am a little tardy with my update post, but I did indeed do the full 5 days of the detox.  Other than the headaches, I felt no negative side effects, though did find myself feeling lighter through the day.  And I did lose 1kg, an added bonus.  I can only wonder what would have happened if I followed the program to the letter!  Maybe next time.

I really enjoyed the breakfast/evening smoothie on Day 5, but struggled with the middles ones.  I’m not a fan of pears, and this juice retained that slightly gritty texture that pears have.  It also had a peculiar ‘earthy’ undertone to it, which I struggled with.

One of the things I have valued in this program is being forced to try new flavours that I would never have tried otherwise.  Some paid off, and I will actually have those juices again.  Others, well, let’s just leave them in the detox cupboard.

One reason I’m running late with this post is that I went away for my father’s 70th birthday party yesterday – the day following Day 5 of the detox.  From previous experience, I thought it would be fairly easy to find something reasonably healthy to eat.  Wrong!  Party pies, sausage rolls, meatballs, beef kebabs, prawn cocktails, and dairy-based desserts filled the menu.  I selected a couple of the ‘least worst’ items so I didn’t starve, but am really feeling the effects today.  Bloated, lethargic and generally flat.  So out came the juicer and blender this morning to try and flush away the ill effects of yesterday, and start clean again.

I’ll have to take my own dish next time and introduce them all to the wonders of raw.

imageSweet Beet Smoothie

  • 1 apple
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 1 medium red beet
  • 1 large handful of blackberries (fresh or frozen) – I used mixed berries (raspberries, strawberries & blackberries)
  • Small handful of ice

 

 

 

 

 

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Pear ‘n’ Parsnip

  • 1 apple
  • 2 pears
  • 1 medium parsnip
  • 1/2 peeled lime
  • 4 sprigs mint
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Juice Detox Day 4 – Juice Master Spring Clean

imageOn the downhill slide now, with Day 4 in the bag!

Feeling pretty good, no headache today, so my body must be adjusting to the lack of caffeine.

I’ve passed my first weight milestone too! That makes 5kg in total since starting on the raw diet. Pretty happy with that!

Today’s drinks were neither my least nor most favourite. I did remember to have the Ginger Shot though, which was pretty potent. I tried making it the first day in my Thermomix, and it didn’t work – just too small an amount for the blades to crush properly. The last two days I’ve simply forgotten it.

Today, I finally remembered, and fully understand why Jason says it will give “a Kapow!” Oh my word, it sure does pack a punch! I’ve never tried Tequila, but I assume it would provide a similar jolt to the brain and fire all the way to your belly. At least this shot is good for you though.

Ginger Shot

  • ½ apple
  • 2cm piece of ginger

 

imageNature’s Super Blend

  • 2 apples
  • 1 large handful baby spinach leaves
  • ½ medium zucchini
  • 1 peeled lime
  • 2 medium carrots
  • ¼ cucumber
  • 2cm broccoli
  • ½ stalk celery
  • ¼ green capsicum (I skipped this as I cannot eat them)
  • ½ avocado

 

 

imageMinty Sunshine

  • 2 oranges
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 thin slice ginger
  • 4 sprigs mint

Juice Detox Day 3 – Juice Master Spring Clean

The detox program calls this Wobbly Wednesday.  I guess that, similar to ‘hump day’, this middle day of the program is where you are most likely to cave in.

Well, I held up pretty well.  I did have a few more snacks – fruit, veggies and nuts – than I should have, but I was really hungry.  That was my biggest hurdle today.  Water and the juices simply weren’t satisfying my stomach’s need for substance.  I think all in all though, I didn’t do too bad.

I only had a mild headache today, and was actually feeling a bit more energised.  The breakfast/evening smoothie today was scrumptious, although the middle juices were a little ordinary.  I persisted though!

imageBerry Banana Crunch

  • 2 apples
  • 2 handfuls of mixed berries (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 tablespoons of natural yoghurt (obviously not raw, so you could either skip this, or use a nut creme as an alternative)
  • 1/2 banana
  • 2 tablespoons mixed seeds (I used sesame and chia)

 

 

 

 

 

imageGreen Refresher

  • 1 apple
  • 1 pear
  • 1/4 cucumber
  • 2 large handfuls baby spinach
  • 2cm broccoli
  • 1 lime, peeled

Detox Day 2 – Juice Master Spring Clean

imageDay 2 done and dusted! Had a cracker of a headache today, which is probably caffeine withdrawals.

Coffee is one thing I still have not broken away from until now. Considering I didn’t even like coffee until I became a uni student – whereby coffee becomes as necessary as air – it has been the single biggest food addiction I am trying to break.

I also don’t know if it’s due to the abundant liquid I am drinking, toxins being flushed out, or a combination of the two, but I am paying much more frequent visits to the little girl’s room. They are the only two real indications of detoxing so far. Oh, plus I’ve lost ½ a kilo!

The morning smoothie wasn’t quite as yummy as Day 1’s but I enjoyed the two middle juices more.

Veggie Power

  • 2 apples
  • 1 large handful of baby spinach
  • 1 large handful of kale
  • ½ lemon
  • ½ stalk of celery
  • ¼ medium cucumber
  • 2cm broccoli
  • ½ avocado
  • 1 small handful of ice

 

Ruby Tuesday

  • ¼ pineapple
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 1 red beetroot
  • 1 thin slice ginger
  • 4 sprigs basil
  • 1 small handful of ice

Juice Detox Day 1 – Juice Master Spring Clean

image001-6Well, I have survived the first day of my first ever detox! It actually wasn’t as painful as I expected. There was only one period where I was feeling hungry, but otherwise, the juices and smoothies were keeping me well satiated.

As you have probably gathered by now, preparation is not something I always think of, and I sometimes decide to jump into things before entirely thinking them through. I would never have previously labelled myself as impulsive, and I don’t think I still would. I deliberate long and hard about important decisions, and research all avenues before making my choice. However, it’s once I’ve made that choice that things go a little pear shaped. I then become very impatient, and want to act on my decision – now!

This is where I found myself. This is a JUICE detox, yet I don’t have a juicer. Well I did purchase a small manual juicer when I first decided to go raw, but found it far too painful to use, so it has been sitting in the cupboard. It would never work for this detox, as it takes a good 10-15 minutes to make 100ml of juice – I’d be standing there cranking all day!

I have been using my Thermomix to make juice, by blending and then straining through a nut milk bag. This works a treat, and I have used it many times, however it once again becomes a time factor. This was my method for Day 1. Yet chopping, blending and straining two large servings of juice is simply not practical in my mad rush of getting ready for work. I will leave this for weekends, when I have a little more time.

The other major hurdle with this is that I cannot make a small juice. The first item on the menu is a shot-sized juice, and this simply did not work in the Thermomix.

Hence, last night after work, I purchased a juicer. It’s a centrifugal juicer, which is not the ideal for the raw diet. For me though, with limited time, space and money, it is the best option for now.

Anyway, back to the detox. The plan is to start each day with the Ginger Shot, then there are two serves each of two different juices throughout the day.

Turbo with a Kick

  • 2 apples
  • ¼ pineapple
  • 1 handful of baby spinach leaves
  • ½ lime, peeled
  • ½ stalk of celery
  • 3cm cucumber
  • 1 cm ginger
  • ¼ ripe avocado
  • 1 handful of ice

 

This was made in the Thermomix as a smoothie. One of the nicest smoothies I’ve had to date!

 

Natural Energiser

  • ¼ pineapple
  • 1 large handful of baby spinach leaves
  • ¼ medium cucumber
  • 1cm fennel
  • ½ medium zucchini
  • 15 sugar snap peas or beans
  • ½ lime
  • 1 handful of ice

 

I made this one in the Thermomix and strained through the nut milk bag. First sip saw an interesting face being pulled – not too sure on this one! By the end though, it was quite palatable, though I still couldn’t truly say I enjoyed it. Very much a veggie juice.

No real side effects from the detox as yet, other than a slight headache. I’m hoping to avoid drastic repercussions! Fingers crossed.

Progress Update and Looming Detox

Orange wedges dropping into waterI’ve mostly just been sharing recipes lately, so thought I should update you on my progress in general.

My weight is very slowly dropping, and I have almost met my first milestone, which is pretty exciting!

Another thing I have really noticed is that I am not so much of a puffing billy anymore. Walking from the car park to my office, which is on a very slight incline and includes two flights of stairs, used to leave me puffing and wheezing. Now, I am only breathing slightly heavier, and usually only if I am weighed down by excess luggage – laptop, travel bag etc. For me, that is a huge improvement!

I am about to undertake my next big challenge though – a juice detox.  I have always been dubious of detox programs, and have never seriously thought about doing one.  This juice detox however, is based on natural raw juices and smoothies, so fits right in with the lifestyle change I am attempting.

I doubt that I will go flat out and do a hard-core detox.  The program does call for only the juices to be consumed for 5 days, and only SOS foods to be eaten if absolutely necessary.  I don’t think I’m quite game enough yet to do that, so will probably still have a raw evening meal, or something along those lines.  I will definitely keep you updated – this could get interesting!

My First Raw Food Workshop

I attended my first raw food workshop yesterday, and found it very interesting and insightful. The main topic was ‘cleansing’ with raw food.  This was not looking at a detox programming or juice fast; but rather how the raw diet maintains and cleanses your body on a continual basis. As the instructor said,

How often do you shower?  Every day or only occasionally?

This is the same approach we should take with the inside of our bodies too.  Rather than clog them up with empty foods devoid of nutrients then try to flush out our system every few months, we should be maintaining it with daily high-value food. This puts less stress on our bodies and leads to an overall more healthy lifestyle.

We tried out several juice, smoothie and salad recipes, some of which I probably wouldn’t have chosen to make myself. However, that’s another bonus of workshops – you can experiment with new tastes, and often be pleasantly surprised, as I was.  I didn’t expect to enjoy carrot and ginger juice or beetroot salad, but found them both to be very delicious!

That’s another thing I am finding with this raw food experience. I need to keep an open mind, and be willing to try new tastes. Food in its pure form can taste totally different to the cooked or canned varieties we are used to.

Overall, it was a fantastic afternoon. And I plan to hunt down another raw food workshop very soon!

Bodily Reactions – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

When you first start on the Raw Diet, don’t be surprised if your body has a bit of a freak out.

I chose to do a slow transition rather than a cold turkey detox. Even so, there were a few ramifications as my body adjusted to having so much goodness and fibre put into it.

I experienced bloating and discomfort for a few days. There were a few headaches, though not extreme ones. Also, I had a minor facial breakout – probably as the toxins tried to find any avenue of escape. However, my skin is now clearer than it’s been for many years.

I did find Raw Food 101 from Yuri Elkaim to be really helpful in explaining some of what was going on. He explains Raw Food from a scientific perspective, looking at enzymes, proteins, and some of the more…ah…delicate issues of digestion. You can subscribe to Yuri’s newsletter, or get all of his video tutorials in an Android app.